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Foreign Ministers of S. Korea, US, Japan Denounce N. Korea's Missile Launch

News2017-02-17
Foreign Ministers of S. Korea, US, Japan Denounce N. Korea's Missile Launch

Anchor: Top diplomatic envoys from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch during their trilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in Germany, Thursday. They denounced the launch in the strongest terms, emphasizing the North will face an “even stronger” international response for violating UN resolutions.
Alannah Hill has more.
 
Report: The foreign ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have gathered together for the first time since the Trump administration was inaugurated last month.
 
In a joint statement released after their trilateral meeting held in Bonn on Thursday, the top diplomats said they condemn the North’s Sunday test-fire of a ballistic missile in the strongest terms.
 
The three ministers said the North will face stronger responses from the international community for violating its international obligations as set out in UN Security Council Resolutions.
 
[Sound bite: Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (Korean)]
“We, once again, called for the complete implement of the UNSC resolutions, and made it clear that we will strongly deal with additional provocations.”
 
Yun also said countries sharing the borders with the North have also urged the North to exercise restraint, hinting that China and Russia are also critical of the most recent missile provocation.
 
Yun said the top envoys for the stalled Six-Party talks designed to denuclearize the North will gather together in Washington in the near future to discuss specific measures to coordinate with each other regarding the North’s nuclear program.
 
During a bilateral meeting held prior to the trilateral meeting, Yun and the U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson reaffirmed that the U.S. remains firmly committed to defending South Korea under the Trump administration, as it did under the Obama administration. 
 
The two ministers also discussed on the reported murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, noting on the gravity of the situation.
 
Yun will hold a bilateral meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday, where the pair are expected to discuss how to address divisive diplomatic issues between the two countries such as the controversial girl statue in Busan, that represents the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery.
Alannah Hill, KBS World Radio News.
 
 
 

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